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Death notice and obituaries from the Sept. 15 Springville Journal

James Oatman
James Oatman
I. James “Jim” Oatman, 65, of Zoar Valley Road, Springville, died Sept. 6 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.

Jim was born July 30, 1947 in Gowanda, the son of Kathryn (nee O’Brien) and the late Irving “Jim” Oatman. He was a 1966 graduate of Gowanda High School and was a 1968 graduate of Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science. He was licensed as a funeral director by New York state in 1970.

He was employed as an associate at Weismantel Funeral Home in Springville, from 1970 – 1977. In 1977, he purchased the business and assets of Weismantel Funeral Home and Smith Funeral Home, both located in Springville, and formed the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home Inc., of which he was president and manager until 2011. He was a member of the Erie-Niagara, New York State and National Funeral Directors associations.

He joined the Springville Lions Club in 1970 and was president from 1975 – 76. He was the youngest president of the club. He was the Preschool Learning Center coordinator for playground equipment with the Lions and was the recipient of the Lion of the Year Award and the Melvin Jones Award.

He joined the Springville Volunteer Fire Department in 1974, was a fire lieutenant and served as first assistant fire chief from 1999 – 2011. He was the truck committee chairman in 1997 for the design of heavy rescue truck No. 7. Jim was named fireman of the year in 1997 and 2008, was the recipient of the Springville Fire Department Appreciation Award in 2009 and was awarded the Outstanding Service Award in 2012.

He was a member of the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and was recognized as the citizen of the year in 2011. He was a member of the Springville Field & Stream, the Springville Moose Lodge 1249, the Springville Rifle and Pistol Club, the National Rifle Association, the Springville Country Club and the Phoenix Lodge 0262 F&AM in Gowanda.

He served on the board of directors for the Springville League for the Handicapped from 2002 – 2011 and as its treasurer in 2009.

In 2004, Jim, along with his business partners, purchased the vacant Robinson Knife Factory and converted it into several businesses.

He is survived by his wife Michelle (nee Edwards) Oatman, whom he married March 21, 1998 in Springville; his mother, Kathryn (nee O’Brien) Oatman of Gowanda; two sons, James Patrick Oatman of Springville and Michael Oatman of Langford; a sister, Marilyn (Don) Boland of Gowanda; his mother- and father-in-law, Mary Lou and Reb Orndorff of Springville; two nephews, Rustan (Holly) Carpenter of Duluth, Minn. and Randy (Lynn) Carpenter of Eden and a niece, Renee (Bob) Nosal of Gowanda.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 10 from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Joseph Bayne and the Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville.

Memorials may be made to the I. James Oatman Community Service Scholarship Fund, care of Michael Benson, Attorney at Law, 77 North Buffalo St., Springville; the Springville League for the Handicapped or Hospice Buffalo Inc.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home of Springville. Online condolences may be made at

Janice Barrett
Janice M. (nee Schweickert) Barrett, 77, of East Concord, died Sept. 9 at her home.

She was born March 13, 1935 in Springville, the daughter of Mark and Evelyn (nee Underberg) Schweickert.

She had been a bookkeeper for Barrett Equipment/John Deere Farm Equipment in Boston. She traveled, did crafts, baked, prayed the Rosary and spent time with her grandchildren.

She was the wife of Martin Barrett; mother of Chuck (Cindy) of Boston, Terry (Roxanne) Barrett of Boston, Sue (Jim) Latham of East Concord, Cindy Ott of Wyoming, N.Y. and Wendy (Ray) Ott of Farmersville Station; grandmother of Andrea (Josh), Lisa, Kevin (Crystal), Zenia (Zach), Casey (Joel), Greg (Andrienne), Kelly (Bret), Crystal, Tony (Jess), Justin, Madison, Kassidy, Sam, Dan, Angie, Randy (Deborah) and Ashley; great-grandmother of Cash, Dietrich, Leilah, Chloena, Trace, Levi, Arela, Vinny, Trevor, Jordan, Brandon, Emileigh and Xander; sister of James (Jeanne) Kenneth (Mary), Robert (Caroline), Theodore (Jeanne), William (Donna), Joseph (Debbie) Schweickert and Jean Ott.

A funeral was held Wednesday, Sept. 5 from St. Aloysius Church of Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville. Arrangements by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home of Springville. Online condolences may be made at

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